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Infographic: Discover 8 World-Famous City Parks

Features & Advice | Ryan Rudnansky | July 07, 2015

Infographic: Discover 8 World-Famous City Parks

Infographic courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

There are some stunning city parks around the world.

Fortunately for travelers, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts recently released an infographic that highlights some of the world’s most spectacular parks, featuring park maps, points of interest, park activities, interesting facts and insiders’ tips.

The infographic doles out handy info about eight fantastic parks, including Hyde Park in London, Central Park in New York City, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Mt. Royal Park in Montreal, Beihai Park in Beijing, Park Guell in Barcelona and Stanley Park in Vancouver.

For example, the Statue of Achilles is highlighted at Hyde Park, while travelers are informed about self-guided tours.

The Conservatory Garden, the Central Park Zoo and Wollman Rink are featured for Central Park.

There are also fascinating nuggets of trivia to be found. For example, did you know that Golden Gate Park encompasses more than 1,000 acres and houses the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States?

Bino Chua, a Singapore expert, advises to head to Singapore Botanic Gardens early to avoid the crowds and beat the heat. That way, you can truly experience the National Orchid Garden and the Rainforest in bliss.

Mt. Royal Park features a massive cross more than 100 feet high. Montreal’s highest point is also located within the park.

At Beihai Park, admire the architecture, go canoeing or admire the White Dagoba structure, where Kublai Khan received Marco Polo.

At Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona, visit the Gaudi House Museum or the Monumental Zone (a showcase of Gaudi sculptures). And when you are in the columned hall at the museum, look up and try to find a broken ceramic doll that is part of a ceramic medallion, says Marta Laurent Veciana, a Barcelona expert; it’s believed to have been owned by the daughter of one of the builders.

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out Vancouver’s Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre spread founded in 1888 where you can pose for a picture inside the ancient Hollow Tree, go golfing, visit an aquarium, explore a natural West Coast rainforest and hop aboard a mini train. For a special treat, arrive at 9 pm, says Vanessa Choot, a Vancouver expert; at that time, you can witness the Nine O’Clock Gun, a cannon that has been fired off every night at 9 p.m. for the past 100 years.

For more information and insider advice about eight of the world’s most exquisite parks, check out the infographic below from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.


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